The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is one of the most important instruments of regional policy available to the European Union for strengthening economic, territorial and social cohesion in the EU. In the programming period 2014 – 2020, the EU-“Europe 2020 strategy” sets the framework for the content and the priorities of the ESI-Funds (inter alia ERDF).
The State of Baden-Württemberg focuses on two priority axes in its Operational Programme:
- Priority axis A: Research, technological development and innovation.
- Priority axis B: Reducing emissions of CO2 in all branches of industry.
According to these two priority axes the Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg has developed three programmes. With a budget of 47.2 million Euros (ERDF) for the current programming period it will support projects like in the past programming period 2007 – 2013.
Priority axis A: Research, technological development and innovation
As technology transfer is also useful to foster the economic use of resources, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector supports the recovery of phosphorus from sewage sludge from process to the construction of pilot plants. The overall aim is to reduce the dependence on imports of phosphorus.
Priority axis B: Reducing emissions of CO2 in all branches of industry
To utilize the energy efficiency potentials of enterprises, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector supports the set-up of regional and local competence centres in the “Network energy efficiency” in Baden-Württemberg. The aim is to provide enterprises with better access to energy consulting and to initiate networking aiming at an increase of energy efficiency.
In addition, municipalities and regions are invited via the programme “Climate Protection with system” to set good examples for investments in CO2-reduction and raising awareness for the topic, both on the basis of a strategic approach. An important requirement is that the supported climate protection measures should be based on already existing climate protection projects or on the participation in the “European Energy Award”.
The overall responsibility for the implementation of the Operational Programme “Innovation and energy transition” in Baden-Württemberg is assumed by the following Managing Authority:
Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection
70182 Stuttgart Germany